Saturday, July 4, 2015

Dad


Hi everyone,


It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Being a brand new month it is time to introduce our challenge hostess for July which is Karen Aicken.

For our challenge this week, Karen has given us a Color challenge .... MONOCHROMATIC    Use two or more shades of the same colour. Neutrals such as kraft, grey, black or white can be added in small amounts.

For my card today I created a card suitable for either Father's Day or it could also be a birthday card for a Dad. Father's Day isn't until September down here, so I have plenty of time to make more Father's Day cards and I normally need a few.

To create my card I have used the Rectangle Accordion Card designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I changed the format of this Accordion Card from a Portrait style to Landscape. You can see a video by Karen Burniston on how to do this technique here



I recently purchased some Australiana style dies which included this die of the Rusty Old Ute which I used on my card today. To the centre panel I added the "Dad" sentiment die which I layered about 4 times to give some depth. I also added some star brads to the top and bottom of the sentiment.



Here is a close up of the second and third pages of my card. 


Here is my card closed ready to be placed in an envelope.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.


Paper: Primitive Cream; Brown; Tan; DP
Dies: Rectangle Accordion Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Rusty Old Ute - Ultimate Crafts; Dad - Lil' Inker Designs
Other: ECD Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Star Brads; Foam Tape



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Friday, July 3, 2015

Thinking of You

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 Hi everyone,
It's my turn to post of the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. For my project today I have created a Stand Up Card using the Fox Peel Off Stickers.
Here is how I created my card:
1. Creating the Peel Off Sticker Images:
a.  Before reading the instructions below, you can see a video Els created using this technique here.
b.  Place a sheet of Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive onto cardstock that is big enough for your peel-offs and remove the release sheet.
c.  Be careful not to touch the adhesive or it will leave fingerprints in the glitter.
d.  From the Foxy peel-offs, place the Fox Sleeping; Fox Standing and 3 paw prints onto the release sheet (sticky side up).
e. Place the cardstock that has Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive on top of the peel-off. (In other words, place sticky onto sticky.)
f.  Use release sheet in handling the cardstock until you cover the adhesive with glitter so you don’t leave fingerprints.
g.  Cover the adhesive with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter, polish glitter with your finger and brush excess off.
h.  Color your images as desired using alcohol-based markers on the glitter.
i.  Cut around all peel-off pieces and attach to the card.
* Coloring Tips for alcohol-based markers and glitter: Remember that when using alcohol-based markers, such as Copics, work quickly and don’t let the tip of the marker linger on the glittered surface. Too much alcohol ink can dissolve the adhesive and remove the glitter. It takes very little ink to color the surface of the glittered image so work with a light touch. To get the faded look, lay a line of color down along one edge of the section you want to color and then use your Blender pen to pull the color across the rest of the image. You may have to lay more color down to get deeper shading after you blend it out.
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2.  The Card Base:
  • Cut a piece of rust cardstock 5 -1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score at 2-1/8″ and 4-1/4″. Fold along score lines as shown above. Lightly score at 6-3/8″ but do not fold.
3. Position the Hinge Stand Up Helper die from the Stand Up Helpers 3 – Hinge die set  so that the bottom of the die is lined up along the 6-3/8″ score line created in step 1 and approx 3/4″ from the left side of the card. Die cut, remove the die from the card and now line it up again on the score line but this  time approximately 3/4″ from the right side of the card.
  • Place a piece of Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive to black cardstock that will be large enough to fit the Stand Up Helper Hinges die twice. Die cut so that the adhesive is on the bottom, trim along the bottom edge of the grass and adhere on top of the Hinge Stand Up Helper on the rust card. Add a Gold Glitter Dot Peel Off Sticker over the holes of the Hinge Stand Up Helper piece.
  • Cut a piece of rust cardstock 5-1/2″ x 2-1/8″ and adhere to the panel behind the Stand Up Helper to hide the opening.
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4. Cut a piece of black card that measures 5-1/2″ x 1-7/8″. Cut a piece of designer paper that measures 5-1/2″ x 1-6/8″. Layer the two pieces together and adhere to the front of the base of the card as per photo above.
5. Adhere the Sleeping Fox to the left hand side of this panel using foam tape. Add the three paw prints to the card referring to photo above for placement.
6.  Roughly trim around the sentiment Thinking of You from the Thinking of You Large Peel Off Stickers. Peel off any excess black peel-off sticker that may be around your image until you just have the sentiment as per photo above.
  •  Cut a piece of Transfer Sheet large enough to fit over the sentiment. Remove the protective backing and place the tacky side of the Transfer Sheet onto the word “Thinking”. Burnish with a bone folder or your fingers and carefully lift the Transfer Sheet checking to ensure that all of the pieces lift at once. You can see Els’ video using this technique HERE.
  •  Now move the Transfer Sheet with sentiment attached to it over to the card. When it is in the right spot, place it down onto the card and rub the front of the Transfer Sheet to release the pieces onto the card. Carefully lift the Transfer Sheet to check and make sure all of the sentiment pieces are now on the card. (Don’t remove the Transfer sheet until all pieces are in place). Repeat this process to place the words “of You” underneath the word “Thinking”.
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7. Cut a piece of black card that measures 5-1/4″ x 4″. Cut a piece of designer paper that measures 5″ x 3-3/4″.
  • Use the rolling hills die from the Outdoor Edges die set and cut a piece of green designer paper that is approx 1-1/4″ high. Adhere this to the bottom of the designer paper cut above, and then layer this to the black card.
  • Die cut the tree from the CountryScapes The Woods die set from kraft card.
  • Die cut leaves three times from green card.
  • Cut away left hand tree from die cut above and highlight edges of tree using copic marker. Attach to the top right hand corner of card as per photo above.
  • Attach leaves to tree as per photo above.
  • Attach Standing Fox to the lower left hand side of card using foam tape.
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8. Adhere the main panel to the lower half of the front of the card as per photo above.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.
Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
2597 Foxy peel-offs Black 
2580 Thinking of You Large peel-offs Black
992 CountryScapes – The Woods 1
914 Outdoor Edges
963 Stand Up Helpers 3 – Hinges
509 Transparent Double Sided Tape 152mm
506 Transparent Double Sided Tape 6mm
639 Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter 
802 Fine Pointed Scissors
  
Other:
Cardstock: white; black; rust
Designer Paper: Kaisercraft Into the Wild 6-1/2″ Paper Pad
Copic Markers
Foam Tape


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stamp on Days that end with "Y"


Hi everyone,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Being a brand new month it is time to introduce our challenge hostess for the month, which is Lynn McAuley.

Saturday (4th July) will be the birthday of America. For our challenge this week we were asked to make a card showing how you will celebrate the day (cook outs, parades, fireworks, or just at home reading a good book).


As most of you know, I live in Australia so Saturday will not be a special day for me. I normally make my cards for this challenge a week or two before the challenge and right now I don't have any particular plans for the day, like going shopping etc. As I pretty much get to stamp everyday even if it is for an hour or two, it is a pretty safe bet that I will do that on the day. So for my card today I went with a stamping theme.

I have been stamping for over 25 years and when I first started stamping many stamp companies sold stamp themed rubber stamps whether they would be an image of someone/something stamping; stamping equipment or sentiments. People used these to create cards, mail art and various other projects. And of course I collected a fair few of these stamps, so it was fun to pull them out and play with some of them.

For my card today I created a Pop Up Card using the Lots of Pops Pop Up Card die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I drew in a floor at the bottom of my stamping bear and cut it off straight so decided to add a floor to the base of my Pop Up card. I added my favorite sentiment .... 'I only stamp on days that end with "Y" ' using the labels from the Katie Label Pivot Card die set. Along the bottom edge of the card I added the flourish from the Agatha Edges die set.



Here is another view of my card so you can see the pop up part of my card a little easier. As my image was long and narrow, I decided to create two additional pop up boxes to give the edges of the image more support.

I added black glitter dots to the strip of pink card at the top of my card.


For the front of my card I added another stamp themed sentiment on my fish tail flags. Hmmm I think these days I need to add dies to both these sayings ... can't imagine not using dies when I create a card anymore.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:


Stamps: Stampin' is My Passion (Bear) - Stampassions; Stamping Problem - Artistic Stamp Exchange; End with "Y" - unknown; Gotta Stamp - Printworks; Beware Sign - Limited Editions; Stamping Border - Raindrops on Roses
Paper: White; Bright Pink; Black; Forever Young DP -  Bo Bunny
Dies: Lots of Pops; Katie Label Pivot Card; Agatha Edges - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Fishtail Flags Stax - MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Black Glitter Dots - ECD; Foam Tape; Copic Airbrush; Copics


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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Elizabeth Craft Designs June Designer Challenge


Hi everyone,

It's time for our June Elizabeth Craft Designs Designer Challenge. Check out the Elizabeth Crafts Designs blog today where you will be able to see what all the designers created for the challenge this month.

For our challenge this month the Designers were asked to use one of the new Peel Off Stickers which have recently been released by Elizabeth Craft Designs. 

For my card today I decided to use the new "Baby" Peel Off Stickers to create a 1st Birthday card. I can never have enough birthday cards. I decided to go with the primary colors red, yellow and blue.

The base of my card uses the Rectangle Accordion Card die.



Here is a close up of the first two pages of my card. For the monkey image and the other toys (on the third page), I adhered the images onto Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive Tape which had been attached to card and then covered this with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and then colored with Copics. For more details on how to do this technique you can see a video Els created using this technique here

As you can see I have added the decorative doily edge from the Paris Edges die set ... a red one on the first page and a blue one on the last page. This makes the card a little more festive. 


I used the "Happy Birthday to You" sentiment from the Farm Greetings Clear Stamp set and stamped it onto white card and then die cut it using the speech bubble from the Lorna Label Pop Up Card. I die cut three more speech bubbles from blue card and layered them behind the white speech bubble so I had a blue frame around the speech bubble.

On the centre page I added my greeting "1 Today" for this I used the Numbers & More 1 die set and the Alphabet 1 Caps die set. To help keep the sentiment lined up and even I placed a piece of low tack masking tape across my white card label and then positioned the letters or number up against it. I added some blue stars that where left over from the Katie Star Frame Edges and added some Transparent/Gold Glitter Dot Peel Off Stickers to each star.


I used the Katie Stars Frame Edge die set to create my frame around each page. As I wanted to keep with the primary color theme on each page, I also added stars of the color not already on that page. 

Along the edge where the Paris Edges is joined to the Accordion Page I added a Transparent/Gold Glitter BorderPeel Off Stickers.


Here is my card closed ready to be placed in an envelope.

That's it from me today, thanks for visiting my blog.

Stamps: Farm Greetings Clear Stamp Set - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White; Red; Blue; Yellow
Dies: Rectangle Accordion Card; Katie Stars Frame Edges; Paris Edges; Lorna Label Pop Up Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Alphabet 1 Caps; Numbers & More - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other ECD Products: Baby Peel Off Stickers; Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape 152mm; Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; Transparent/Gold Glitter Dot Peel Off Stickers; Transparent/Gold Glitter Borders Peel Off Stickers
Foam Tape; Copics


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Class of 2015


Hi everyone,

It's time for another CHF challenge over on the Cornish Heritage Farms Blog. This week the challenge is hosted by Steph


Graduations are happening everywhere at the moment (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), so for our challenge this week Steph has asked us to create a graduation card.

Cornish Heritage Farms don't have any Graduation themed stamps or digital stamps in their store, so I had to think about what I would do for this card. Fortunately I do have a Graduation themed dies. So I decided to create a flip-its card.


To decorate my card I used Cornish Heritage Farms' Gingham Backgrounder oh each side panel. This was one of the reasons I purchased my MISTI a few months ago and it really helped make stamping this background so much easier, if I had any places that didn't stamp properly I just stamped it again ... yay!

I added the Graduation Cap and Scroll to the front panel and the Class of 2015 to the right hand panel.



Here is the 'flip' side of my card. Here I have used a sentiment from Cornish Heritage Farms' Script Essentials stamp set. 


Want to play along?????

If you would like to play along with us of course we would love to have you!

To play create a card using CHF images. You can use either CHF digital or rubber stamps to create a card or project ... anything you like as long as the stamps are Cornish Heritage Farms. (Yes, they can be older stamps.)

Once you have created your card/project come back here and place a comment with a link to your card/project to the CHF blog post so that we can see what you created. If you upload your card/project to SCS don't forget to included the keyword CHF82. We can't wait to see what you create!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Design Teams blogs today to see what they created for this challenge.




Stamps: Gingham Backgrounder; Script Essentials - Cornish Heritage Farms
Paper: White; Black; Red
Dies: Sizzix Circle Flip-its #2 Card Framelits; ECD Numbers & More; MFT Die-namics Graduation Accents
Other: Black Ink; Black Ribbon; MISTI; Foam Tape



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Monday, June 29, 2015

Quacky BDay

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Hi everyone,
It's my turn to post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. For my card today I have something fairly simple which can easily be mass produced if necessary for children’s birthdays or showers. We all need cards at times, which don’t take hours to create. We are making use of the negative image of the die rather than the positive that we would normally use.
Here is how I created my card:
1. To create the card base –
a.  Cut white cardstock 5 -1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score along the long side at 4-1/4″ so you have a top-folded card 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.
b.  Cut a piece of designer paper which is 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ and adhere this over the top of the front of the white card.
c.  Cut a piece of yellow dot designer paper 5-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, adhere this to the bottom portion of your card approx 3/8″ from the bottom edge of the card.
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2. To create the duck layer –
a. Cut a piece of white card that is 5-1/2″ x 2-1/2. Cover this piece with a strip of Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape.
b. Position the duck die onto the card so the cutting edge is facing down towards the protective backing of the tape. The die needs positioned so it is centred top and bottom and is approx 3/8″ from the right hand edge. Run piece through die cutting machine. Remove the positive image (duck) from the die and position the die to the left hand side as per previous step and run through die cutting machine again. You now have two negative duck images cut into your card.
c. Cut two pieces of orange card that is 5-1/2″ x 1/4″, added some adhesive glue to the back of the top and bottom of the die cut piece and add the strips of orange card so you have an orange border at the top and bottom. (Tip – I like to cut my strips slightly longer than I need and then trim off the excess so that if my measurements are off it doesn’t matter it lines up with my main card.)
d. Die cut the Best Wishes Stand Up Helper Word die from orange card. Trim the along the bottom of the word approx 1/4″ from the bottom of the letters and then adhere this to the top right hand corner of your card.
e. Remove the protective backing from the front of the card and cover the adhesive with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter, polish glitter with your finger and brush excess off.
f. Turn card over and apply foam tape around the back of the card. Adhere the card so it is lined up over the yellow polka dot designer paper.
g. Adhere a piece of yellow polka dot designer paper to a piece of white card that is large enough to die cut two ducks wings. Die cut the wings and add these to the duck’s body using foam tape.
h. Apply a piece of Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to the back of a piece of black card that is large enough to die cut two oval eyes. Die cut the eyes and adhere to the duck.
i. Apply a piece of Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to the back of a piece of orange card that is large enough to die cut two duck’s beaks. Die cut beaks and adhere to the duck.
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3.  The inside of the card:
a. Die cut a ducks body and wing from yellow polka dot designer paper and adhere to the lower left hand die of card. Add black eye and orange beak as we did previously on the outside of the card.
b. Using the Alphabet 1 – Caps die set, die cut “QUACKY B-DAY” from orange cardstock that has Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive on the back of it. Adhere the letters to the card so that they are positioned slightly to the right of the card. (Tip: to help line up letters when adhering to the card, place a piece of low tack masking tape to where you want the bottom of the letters to be placed. Tape is easily removed when finished.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.
Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
920 Rubber Ducky
934 Best Wishes Stand Up Helper
967 Alphabet 1 – Caps 
509 Transparent Double Sided Tape 64mm
639 Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter 
802 Fine Pointed Scissors
  
Other:
Cardstock: white, orange
Echo Park Birthday Wishes Girl 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Doodlebug Designs Inc. Back to School 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Foam Tape


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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Rebus - Something from Chinese Restaurant


Hi everyone,

It is time for another Rebus swap to share with you all. This time round our theme is 
"Something you might order from a Chinese Restaurant". Hope I don't make you hungry ... hehe!

If you would like to solve my rebus puzzle, why not post a comment on my blog post with your answers. I will let you know what the correct answers are next time I post a rebus card here.

How did you go working out my May Rebus which was Names starting with "E" .... here are the correct answers for you to check how you did.

  1. Elly Mae
  2. Esther
  3. Emerson
  4. Elliot
  5. Eleanor
  6. Esme
  7. Ebenezer
  8. Emma
  9. Ethan
  10. Eloise
  11. Emily
  12. Elmo

You can find all my past rebus cards here






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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tree-mendous Day!



Hi everyone,


It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog.  Danielle Lounds, our challenge hostess for the month finishes off the month with one last challenge.

Danielle says that she is a big fan of trees and over the last handful of years she has planted 6 apple trees around my house. My challenge to you is to plant a tree, er, well, just include a tree or branch on your project. That might be easier. ;)

Sometimes you get an idea in your head and you can't let go of it until that idea is all stamped out and your card complete. My card today was one of those times. I had all the pieces die cut and colored and then my DH came in to ask are we going out for dinner .... hmmm do I have to ... but I did. I came home sat with him for a bit, then came back to my desk and finished off my card. I think I planted a forest for this card haha!

The base of my card uses the Rectangle Pull Card die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I think this is the third time I have made this style of card this week ... I can't stop using it :).  This card is a lot wider than most of the Pull Cards I make, it started out 12 inches wide, folded in half and die cut the Pull Card and then trimmed off any excess edges I didn't want ... when fully opened this card measures 11 inches.


Here is my card when it is 'pulled' open. I used a stamp/die set from Stampendous to decorate my card. The sentiment is computer generated.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.


Stamps: Pop Up Forest - Stampendous
Paper: White; Imagine DP - Authentique
Dies: Rectangle Pull Card; Outdoor Edges - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Pop Up Forest Die Cut Set - Stampendous
Other: Black Ink; Foam Tape; Copics


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Friday, June 26, 2015

A Flower Cannot Blossom




Hi everyone,

I will be teaching how to convert the Katie Label, Oval &/or Rectangle Accordion Cards from a portrait format to a landscape format.

(formerly Photo Continental)

on Saturday 18th July 
9.30am - 11.30am




If you would like to participate in the class you can do so by
booking 
In Store 
or by phoning Craft Giraffe (38494422)



Stamps: Sunshine and Love - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White; Pink; Burgundy; Bundle of Joy DP - Echo Park
Dies: Katie Label Accordion Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other ECD Products: Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Paper; Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; Flower Labels 1 Peel Off Stickers; Transfer Sheet
Other: Black; Foam Tape; Copics


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

On Your Wedding Day


Hi everyone,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Our challenge hostess for the month, Liz finishes off the month with one last challenge.

Liz tells us .... that when she was young, she remembers the local newspaper selected every June, a June bride and featured her wedding details in a specially published section of the paper. I suppose this was quite an honor. For our challenge for the end of this month, we will make cards featuring a bridal couple or inspired by a wedding cake.



A couple of weeks ago I attended our local Paper Craft Show and of course purchased a few new toys, including some suitable for a wedding card. Of course I wanted to try and incorporate some of those on my card this week.

The base of my card uses the Rectangle Pull Card designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I seem to be using this particular card style a lot lately, but it works for just so many occasions.

To decorate my card I added the Wedding Day Edge'ablities from Die'sire, I had seen these online prior to the craft show and had planned to order but the postage to Australia was too expensive, so I was pleased when I found these at our craft show. I also used the Tattered Lace Couple for centre of my card.

On the right hand side I decorated the edge using a Header die from Tonic Studios. As you can see I kept to the colors white and gold.



On the inside I added a couple of sentiments to the panels. I also used the rectangle from the Rectangle Accordion Card as it is a tiny bit bigger than the rectangle from the pull card making it perfect for layering.

I also discovered one more wedding die I purchased at the show,  the rings. So of course I had to add them too haha!


As I still had one die left that I got from the Papercraft Show I hadn't used I decided to use it on the front of the envelope haha ... this is also from Tonic Studio.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:



Stamps: Marriage Calligraphy - Paper Inspirations; Mini Wedding Set - Kaisercraft
Paper: White; Gold
Dies: Rectangle Pull Card; Rectangle Accordion Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Wedding Day Edge'ables - Die'sire; Couple - Tattered Lace; Celebration Season Header Fold Die Set; Mr & Mrs Affections Inserts - Tonic Studios; Wedding Rings - Marianne Designs
Other: Versamark Ink; Gold Embossing Powder; Pearls; Gold/Silver Glitter Dot Peel-Off Stickers - ECD;  Foam Tape




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